The beaches along the Fethiye coastline including the long and sandy Calis Beach, Fethiye are some of the most important for the incubation of Loggerhead turtle eggs in the Mediterranean.

Turtles have now started to arrive on Calis Beach and along the coast to lay their eggs.

They arrive at night, travel up the beach and dig a large hole in which they then lay up to 100 eggs and then cover them and return to the sea.

17 students from Pammukkale University arrived last week to study, record and protect the turtles.

Protect

The students patrol the beach from 11pm every evening keeping an eye out for turtle nesting.

One way that they protect them is by placing cages over new nests on the beach. These are designed to stop beach users from inadvertently disturbing the nests.

It is claimed that even placing a towel on top of a nest could either delay or prevent incubation because the shading of the sand from the sun reduces the temperature of the sand.

Innocent

The students are also protecting the turtles from well meaning onlookers who are inadvertently worrying these shy creatures.

Camera flashes, torches and close contact are just some of the things that can confuse or frighten the arriving turtles and put them off laying their eggs.

The students are helping warn onlookers so that the turtles can do what nature intended unimpeded.

Lives

It takes between 45 and 60 days to incubate the eggs in the hot sand after which the young turtles will burrow out of the nest and head for the sea.

So the seas should be full of tiny turtles around the end of Aust and during September.

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